Zurich, 2nd of October 2019
Let's face it, you don't end up at Shinsen by accident. Much like a well kept secret, the entrance to the restaurant merges with the building's wood paneling. Inside, the decoration is sober, but yet , still very cosy: concrete and red accents invite you inside and we feel we've made the right decision with our restaurant choice, on this grey Wednesday evening.
The menu offers a variety of small dishes, cold and warm starters as well as sushi options and bento boxes.
To start off, we decide to treat ourselves to:
Followed by a starter:
And as mains, our choice falls on:
Lieft: Bento Fish with salmon teriyaki, right: Bento Salmon with salmon tartar.
The sparkly Umespritz is light and delicious - a decidedly good start to the evening. The highlight of the dinner was definitely the starter: the lightly fried eggplant was cooked to perfection and had the right temperature. Paired with a creamy miso paste, a real delight for your taste buds. Less successful were the bento boxes: we found the sushi rice to be too clumpy and the different recipes on the blander side. This might be the case for the Nanban, however we thing that tempura can and should have a more exciting taste. The one item that didn't disappoint as much was the salmon teriyaki - the sauce was well made and fit the dish.
We left Shinsen with mixed feelings - there were high as well as lowlights. If we were to go back, we'd probably try a few more of the starters as well as some warm dishes (japanese burger? you've peaked our interest!). However, we'd most probably leave out the sushi.
Shinsen Restaurant, Staffelstrasse 8, 8045 Zürich, https://shinsen.ch/
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